Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2013

“Bad Lip Reading” Goes Indie Spirit (2’06”)

I can imagine Tilda Swinton saying that.

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Annapurna Pictures Raises A Beautiful, Declarative, Grandiloquent Middle Finger

Annapurna Pictures cuts together a brief, taut sizzle reel from its first productions, LawlessThe MasterThe GrandmasterKilling Them Softly, Zero Dark ThirtySpring Breakers, and does the litany of lines from them not sound like a bold declaration of intent? In part: “‘I’m bad news, I’m not your friend…’ ‘I knew y’all was special, it’s written on your faces…’ ‘Let’s cause some trouble now…’ ‘Don’ you ever touch me agin…’ ‘I just want to make something clear, there is nobody else, there’s just us…’  ‘Everybody’s miserable here, they just see the same things…’ ‘If we are not helping him, then it is we who have failed him…’ ‘Don’ make me laugh, I’m livin’ in America and in America you’re on your own.'” And to add one more: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”


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Cinetic’s John Sloss On Oscar On Bloomberg (4’06”)

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9 Best Drinks: RAISE ONE TO THE BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

The drinks menu at my fifth Academy Award-coinciding party (Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago)

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A Trailer For An Issue Of A Magazine Themed To Film With “Raymondo Winstonio” (1’08”)

PORT / Issue 9 / Spring 2013 / Preview from PORT on Vimeo.

Genially, this is the equivalent of Ray Winstone binding himself in a three-piece suit and declaiming the phone book.

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The Césars’ “Hommage aux disparus”: Those Who Passed In French Cinema 2012 (4’15”)

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VICE shorts: Spencer Susser’s “I Love Sarah Jane” with Mia Wasikowski (14’39”)

“When you’re young and in love the air seems clearer, the sun seems brighter, there’s a spring in the step… But all can so easily go to shit especially with a zombie apocalypse involved.”

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Bruce Willis On Oscars For Action Or Comedy

[GQ, March 2013.]

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Red-Band Trailering Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS (2’04”)

The looping, fugue-style fashion of the film comes across cleanly in the compacted form of a trailer, conveniently enough. That, plus that “m” word.

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Stream Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR score

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Lena Dunham: “It’s funny to me…”

[Rolling Stone Issue 1177.]

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Donald Richie on AU HASARD, BALTHASAR (4’37”)

[Via Criterion.]

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“I’m an ardent consumer of Fassbinder. Years ago, when I heard that he was a big admirer of Douglas Sirk, I went straight to the source — to the buffet Fassbinder dined out on — and found that there was plenty more. And what palettes! I love the look of Fassbinder movies. Some of them are also hideous in a way that’s really exciting. When you go to Sirk, it’s more standardized. The movies produced by Ross Hunter — those really lush, Technicolor ones. I know Sirk was a painter and considered himself a painter first for a long time. He really knew how to work his palettes and worked closely with whatever art director he had. I was a guest speaker for the Technicolor series at TIFF Bell Lightbox and we screened Magnificent Obsession. To prepare for that, I watched the movie with a pen and paper. I wroteto down the names of the palettes. Soon, I realized those general color terms weren’t good enough. I used to be a house painter and I remembered the great names of the 10,000 different colors you could get in a paint chip book. So, I started to try to name the colors. Sirk used 100 different off-whites, especially in the surgery scenes in Magnificent Obsession!”
~ Guy Maddin On Sirk And Fassbinder

“I’ve never been lumped in with other female directors. If anything, I’ve been compared way too much to male filmmakers whom I have little to nothing in common with except visual style. It’s true that women’s filmmaking is incredibly diverse, but I am personally interested in how female consciousness might shape artwork differently, especially in the way female characters are constructed. So I actually would encourage people to try to group women’s films together to see if there are any threads that connect them, and to try to create a sort of canon of women’s films that critics can talk about as women’s films. One reason I want to be thought of as a female filmmaker is that my work can only be understood in that context. So many critics want to see my work as a pastiche of films that men have created. When they do that, they deny the fact that I am creating my own world, something completely original. Women are so often thought of as being unable to make meaning. So they are allowed to copy what men make—to make a pastiche out of what men have created—but not to create original work. My work comes from a place of being female, and rewrites film genres from that place. So it’s essential for me to be placed into a history of female-feminist art-making practice, otherwise it’s taking the work completely out of context.”
~ Love Witch Writer-Designer-Director Anna Biller